SCA-supported clinic, school destroyed in Wardak attacks
04 September, 2012
KABUL: A Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA)-supported health clinic was turned into ruins and a school damaged during suicide attacks in central Maidan Wardak province, the non-governmental organisation said on Monday.
Two suicide attackers, one driving a fuel tanker, detonated their explosives near a US-run military centre in the Syedabad district, killing 10 civilians and injuring dozens others.
Six patients at the health clinic were injured, the SCA said in a statement.
The statement quoted SCA's Country Director Andreas Stefansson as expressing his concern about health centres and education facilities being hit in suicide attacks. "We are deeply saddened to learn that there were casualties among patients due to these attacks," Stefansson said.
The six wounded were waiting in line outside the SCA-supported clinic at the time of the attack. It is unknown yet how severe the injuries are, but the patients have been brought to Shaniz hospital for further treatment, the statement said. The clinic was turned into ruins with most of the equipment damaged.
An SCA-supported school, two kilometers from the explosions site, was also damaged, but fortunately no students and school staff were injured as the school was closed at the time, it added.
"It is a great concern to SCA that ordinary Afghan children, women and men are prevented from accessing public services due to the fear of attacks," Stefansson said.